fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \

Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being ferocious the ferocity of the lion's attack

Examples of ferocity in a Sentence

the ferocity of the lion's attack We were stunned by the ferocity of the storm.
Recent Examples on the Web While the fighting inside Turkey has diminished in ferocity, the Turkish military has continued to cross into Iraq to strike P.K.K. targets. New York Times, 20 July 2022 That ferocity intensified in late May, when the ground shook and villagers ran for cover, many darting through smoke plumes and into cellars. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Dillard worries, with anguish and ferocity, over the problem of suffering. Anthony Domestico, The Atlantic, 5 July 2022 Backed by the potent Blackhearts, as well as stalwart manager/producer Kenny Laguna in his usual residence behind the keyboards, Jett delivered her songs with ferocity balanced by cool, a smile mixed with a sneer. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 The quartet, Schubert’s greatest chamber work, has a rawness and ferocity that almost exceeds what four string players can produce. David Weininger, BostonGlobe.com, 12 June 2022 He is fascinated by the flexibility and ferocity of the human organism, the myriad ways in which the body and its desires can betray us. Adam Nayman, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 The duration and ferocity of Mariupol’s resistance against a much larger military have been inspiration for Ukrainians across the country. Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2022 Composed of ten tracks of varying ferocity, this album lightens the grunge load, moving toward a softer pop sound and bringing greater texture to De Souza’s pained love songs. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ferocity

1606, in the meaning defined above

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“Ferocity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferocity. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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fe·​roc·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈrä-sə-tē How to pronounce ferocity (audio) \
plural ferocities

Kids Definition of ferocity

: the quality or state of being fierce or savage


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